Your home router is a big tempting target for hackers. Not only is it connected directly to the Internet and easy to attack, it's the gateway to your entire network and every computer or gadget you own.
That's why routers include strong security. Unfortunately, sometimes that security has holes in it. It might be a built-in flaw, or it could be a wrong setting you chose when installing your router.
Now there's a new malware attack spreading quickly across the Internet. The latest threat called the "Moose worm" takes advantage of a specific wrong setting. It's called the Moose worm because the file name it uses is "elan," which is French for moose. It's a worm because it spreads from router to router on its own.
Once it gets into your router, it steals the passwords for any social media accounts you log into. However, what it does with them isn't what you'd think.
Once Moose has your social media information, it logs in to your accounts and starts liking and following other fake accounts it sets up. Scammers use these fake accounts for sweetheart scams and other types of online scams. Having real people liking and following a fake account makes it more believable for the potential victim.
While that isn't as bad as a virus that steals your information directly, you still don't want your name linked to criminal accounts. Also, there's nothing to say the Moose worm won't be upgraded to send your information to identity thieves in the future.
Fortunately, keeping the Moose worm out of your router is simple. Moose looks for routers from Actiontec, Hik Vision, Netgear, Synology, TP-Link, ZyXEL, Zhone and others that ship with the same default password on every router.
Once it finds one of these routers, it tries every known password the manufacturer uses. If you never changed the default password, the worm can take control of your router in seconds.
So, the simple solution is to change your router's default password to something strong and unique. Fortunately, that isn't hard. Click here to learn how to secure your router in just minutes.